Sayreville, New Jersey
AARP New Jersey volunteers refurbished a dilapidated horseshoe pit and cleaned up the town park.
En español | New walking paths? A better bus stop? A colorful mural where a dingy parking lot once stood?
Look around. AARP's Livable Communities program is sprucing up America, making countless towns a better place to grow older. By 2035 Americans 65-plus in the nation will outnumber those under age 18, and AARP is working to help everyone adapt.
Already more than 360 communities nationwide and four states —Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts and New York — have become members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
Members consider every facet of life for older residents: transportation, access to technology, business and tax incentives, appropriate housing (a big issue), access to health care, living costs, and hiring practices. The process is as individual as the needs of each community.
AARP also has funded more than $2 million worth of Community Challenge grants. Within two years these quick-action grants went to 217 communities.
The results: artistic bike racks in Annapolis, Md.; an outdoor storytelling space on Blackfeet Nation tribal land in Montana; and an intergenerational community garden in the Florida Keys.
If it makes life easier, AARP walks the walk — complete with nicer sidewalks.